Hey, all! Happy Monday! I’m in DC this week and very excited about hanging with friends and family (once they arrive from Chicago)! This week is looking to be a busy one for me. Today and tomorrow, I will be volunteering at the Capitol chapter of the MS Society! This weekend is the huge Capital Challenge walk, a two-day, 50 K walk to raise funds for MS research and programs. I don’t know if you remember this, but I was training to participate in this walk earlier in the summer. However, due to a scheduling conflict on Saturday, I won’t be able to join the walk! Whomp, whomp
I’ll be spending my days helping assemble rest stop boxes, organize signage, assemble walk packets, etc! I’m looking forward to my two days in-office, and really blessed that my company has a “Charity Days” program. Employees are allowed two days/year to volunteer at their favorite charity. Does your employer have a program like this? If so, I strongly encourage you to take advantage and use those days! A lot of nonprofits run on small budgets, so anytime they can have (free) help around the office…GREAT!
Alright, guys…I’m off to catch the Metro into the office (wow…I sounded like a true DC-er)! I’ll keep you posted on how my two days go!
I saw the title of this event and immediately knew that this is my kind of soiree! The Midwest Office of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF will host the third annual “Wine, Women & Shoes” benefit on Thursday, October 2nd. The event will be held at the River East Art Center (435 E. Illinois) and last from 6p-9:30p. Guests will be treated to four wine bars, a buffet of hors d’oeuvres, the Nordstrom shoe lounge, a silent auction, and much more!
This event combines wine, networking, and shopping to benefit UNICEF’s Accelerated Child Survival Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to save and protect the lives of children in developing countries by strengthening their local healthcare systems.
Tickets are $85 and $185 (VIP) and can be purchased by clicking here. For more information on Accelerated Child Survival Initiative, please visit http://www.unicefusa.org.
On Saturday, September 27th, Common will round up some of his celebrity friends for the first annual “Start the Show N’ Bowl” benefit hosted by the Common Ground Foundation. The Common Ground Foundation was founded to support and empower urban youth.
Common is enlisting some of his celebrity friends for a bowl-a-thon and concert. The “Common and Friends” concert will feature performances from hip-hop stars, Will.i.Am, The Roots, Talib Kweli, and soul singers Bilal and Marcia Ambrosius (of Floetry). The concert starts at 7:30p at the House of Blues (329 N. Dearborn, Chicago). Tickets are available at the House of Blues box office and website.
For more information on the benefit, check out my story on my Examiner site and check out the Common Ground website.
P.S. Common is such a dreamboat
Sephora recently launched their philanthropic initiative, The Sephora Project, by partnering with Girls for A Change (GFC). Girls for A Change is a “national organization that empowers girls to create social change,” with a focus on girls who live in low-income communities.
Sephora will partner with GFC as they embark on their nationwide tour. This tour kicks off on September 24th and will take GFC to cities to host summits, rallies, and meetings to get young women fired up about changing their lives and communities. As of now, the GFC tour won’t make a stop in Chicago, but if you’d like to learn more about Girls For A Change and how you can be involved, visit their website at http://www.girlsforachange.org!
Sephora has also designed a REALLY cute tote bag which will go on sale this month in all Sephora stores. The totes are $12 and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Girls for A Change. For more information on Sephora’s committment to the community, click here!
Hey, all…I’ve been given the wonderful opportunity to write for Examiner.com as the Chicago Philanthropy Examiner! My focus will be solely on local events and initiatives by charitable causes and organizations, and feature more galas/big ticket events.
I’m super-excited and really blessed!
Visit my Examiner home by clicking here!
Head on over to Between Boutique Cafe and Lounge on Tuesday, 9/30, and 10/1, and help raise money for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. The benefits will last from 6-9p and attendees will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets and participate in a silent auction.
Between Boutique Cafe and Lounge is located at 1324 N. Milwaukee in Wicker Park. I went past there last week while “thrifting” for handbags. It is a really nice spot to hang out and eat. Make sure to head on over there and grab a half-priced bottle of wine and enjoy the Benefit!
Tonight, the Chicago Fashion Foundation will host its Annual Membership party at the W Lakeshore (644 N. Lake Shore Drive). The event will last from 6-8p and take place in Altitudes on the 33rd floor. Attendees will hear about the plans for Fashion Focus 2008 (Chicago’s Fashion Week), the 2009 CFF scholarship benefit and much more!
The event is free for current members and $10 for non-members. For more information, please visit chicagofashionfoundation.org!
I spent the night at my sister’s house so we could do dinner, wine, and “Fashion Rocks!” Fashion Rocks is part-concert, part-fashion show, and 100% fabulous! The show featured performances by Rihanna (favorite performance), Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Kid Rock, and Solange (second favorite performance). Tonight marks the show’s fifth anniversary and all ticket proceeds benefitted Stand Up to Cancer.
Stand Up to Cancer is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a charitable organization, and was established by a group of media, entertainment and philanthropic leaders, whose lives have all been affected by cancer in significant ways. Stand Up To Cancer leverages industry resources, including people, television and the web, in the fight against cancer.
In addition to tonight’s Fashion Rocks show, you can also bid on select items in the Fashion Rocks charity auction on eBay. Some of the items listed include:
- Dinner for 2 at the NY hot spot, Waverly Inn, and an autographed Vanity Fair book
- An autographed Venus Williams’ tennis racquet
- BCBG $1000 shopping spree gift certificate
- Tickets to the 2009 Baby Phat fashion show and a meet-and-greet with Kimora Lee Simmons (sign me up for that one!)
For additional items, visit the eBay store by clicking here
. The auction closes on Monday, September 15th. Happy bidding!
There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned fashion show to raise funds for a medical center. While some organizations are still learning the ropes of pulling off a successful benefit show, the ladies of the Woman’s Board of Rush University Medical Center have been at it for over 80 years! This funds raised at year’s 82nd annual show, Silhouettes, will go towards the board’s commitment of $10 million for the development of the Woman’s Board Heart and Vascular Center.
The fashion show will take place on Thursday, September 11th at the Symphony Center (220 S. Michigan). The show begins at 7p, and tickets, which range from $25-$100 are available through the Symphony Center box office. Call 312-294-3000 for more information on tickets.
For more information on the Woman’s Board, please visit their site: http://www.thewomensboard.org
Reach Out will host its 5th Annual Wine Event on Thursday, September 11th at Orso’s restaurant (1401 N. Wells). The event, which will last from 7-10p, will raise funds in support of nonprofit organizations who assist and support victims and families of domestic violence. The cost of the event is $40, and includes unlimited pizza and wine.
You can visit the Reach Out website to purchase tickets. Click here for more information!